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Welcome to South Today. - so it's goodbye from me -
Tonight, let us vape alone, e-cigarette users say they shouldn't
be forced to vape alongside regular smokers.
Are changes to rubbish dumps leading to more scenes like this?
The woman who turned her father's war memories
And from Fred Astaire's showy dance to Star Wars: Rogue one.
For 80 years the best films have been shown here
at the ABC cinema in Bournemouth but now the curtain is coming down.
More than a million people in the UK have completely given up smoking
because they started using e-cigarettes -
But it's been revealed that across the South many workers
who vape say they shouldn't be expected to use
That's despite Public Health England saying employers should
"make a clear distinction" between the two.
But there's also mixed messages about just how beneficial vaping is,
Phil from Southampton was a smoker for 24 years before he discovered
Since he made the change he says he feels fitter,
his sense of smell and taste have returned and he got a surprise
I said I'd stopped smoking about a year ago,
he said, you're now a nonsmoker, so since then all my
have been filled out as a nonsmoker, which is
brilliant, it saves me a fortune.
Public Health England estimates that vaping is 95% less
Last summer it produced a set of guidelines for
employers which said they should support
smokers to stop smoking and stay smoke-free
and make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking.
But Phil's employer, like most in the South,
It's classed the same as smoking, so we smoke in the same
It's the same thing, they don't see any difference between them.
Ian Green runs the Southampton Vaping Centre.
He says it isn't right that many of his new customers will
return to work this week to find a lack of support from their bosses.
It would be very positive if councils or larger employers could
work with the vapers and define an area where they can,
whether it be indoor or outdoor, to allow them to vape
without actually being next to smokers.
But not everyone in the medical profession is convinced.
Last month the chair of the Royal College of GPs
told The Times newspaper that she believes vaping
should be banned in all public places and shouldn't be seen
Vaping certainly is less seriously damaging to health
than smoking is and there are less toxic chemicals in the vaping liquid
than in nicotine and tar, but the jury is still out
There are some chemicals in there and the scientific evidence is
not clear cut yet, so we cannot say that vaping is safe but it is
For the time being, anyone trying to make
an informed decision on vaping may find their judgments being included.
And anyone who wants advice about stopping smoking can get
information on the NHS website - that's nhs.co.uk/smokefree.
It's been a day of mixed news for Southern Rail passengers.
The morning, it was announced that drivers had cut their planned strike
next week from six days to three - then they announced further
Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton is here.
Aslef has cut next week's strike from six days to three.
But the union has also announced another three-day
Next week there will be no Southern trains at all on Tuesday,
But there will inevitably be widespread disruption
on the Thursday as well, with trains out of place.
So the drivers get four days' impact for the price of three.
The next strike will take the same pattern.
The result - much more disruption, not less.
Southern called it a cynical ploy to reduce the impact
It will run no trains at all on strike days.
To put that into context, 200 buses would carry around 5%
Now, since yesterday, drivers are operating the doors
on seven out of ten Southern trains - the original basis of this strike.
Aslef boss Mick Whelan said he was taking a longer term
He said we are a long way from a deal being done.
Cases of fly-tipping in Reading have gone up by 20% since a new permit
scheme was introduced for dumping waste.
Last year, West Berkshire council withdrew funding
for its tip near Reading - leaving some residents
travelling up to 20 miles to the nearest council facility.
Nobody wants to work in a dump but that is
Reading is being turned into because of fly-tipping.
We have mattresses, beds, several mattresses.
People have obviously had a clearout.
Alison owns the travel agency and is worried this
We have had settees dumped in the precinct, toilets, bass,
all sorts of things, you wouldn't believe
In the latter half of 2014 there were about 1200 reported
fly-tipping incidents across the borough.
Last year that had risen to just shy of 1700, an increase of 37%
It seems there's no real limit as to just what can be dumped
in and around Reading but no matter what is in each individual fly-tip
it costs the council ?60.50 on average for each incident.
That's a total for the year of more than ?100,000.
I came to the precinct in 1988 and I've been working here since.
No, in the early days we never had anything like this,
this is in the last two to three years.
Many put this increase in dumping down to new
rules at the town's small recycling plant.
Last month residents were given a special permit to use it
but even though they are just a few miles away, tens of thousands living
over the border in West Berkshire have been shut out
Our neighbour authorities have not reported any particular increase but
we knew there was likely to be a spike so it is no surprise has been
some increase but we built that into our budgeting so we could cope with
it. The land owners remove all tipped rubbish as soon as it is
reported but locals here hope the council will not discard their
concerns. A Hampshire mother accused
of plotting to topple the Iranian government has had her appeal
heard in court. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
is a British-Iranian charity worker Her husband Richard, whose family
lives in Fleet in Hampshire, says their daughter Gabriella
is having to cope without her mum. She is getting older,
and as she gets older, about when we are going back
to London and where She talks about prison
as being mummy's bedroom. She doesn't really
understand things in the big sense and she's still young enough
to live in the moment. She is in a place where she's loved
and she's looked after. A student at Southampton University
says he fears he may not be able to graduate because of political
and economic changes The 23-year-old won a scholarship
to study in the UK. But the government in his home state
has pulled the programme, Prince Olibari was set a great
example by his mother. Despite their humble background
in Nigeria, she got a degree. And when he graduated from school,
Prince hoped to follow suit after winning a scholarship to study
in the UK. For people like me that could never
have dreamt of studying in university, it was a great
opportunity. But following a change
in government back home, They don't see value in education,
they see value in rules. Allow me to finish and bring my knowledge back
and change my country. The state government says it s
ending scholarships because of Nigeria is in deep recession -
many citizens feeling the pinch. Nigeria has been facing a lot of
economic challenges. State governments are not able to shoulder
their responsibilities. Prince was told his scholarship
would continue to be paid as he's in his last year but the government
agency haven't paid his final I don't know if they will allow me
to graduate or two to my final exams, they haven't told me, but
I've pleaded to my faculty to at least think of a way to help me. The
university has a student support fund which can help those struggling
with living expenses and on occasion it has allowed students to pay
tuition fees by instalments, but it will not comment on Prince's case
specifically, so he remains unclear about what financial help may be
available from the University. A non-league footballer's been
sacked by his club for mocking Bournemouth player Harry Arter over
the death of his baby daughter. Hitchin Town condemned the actions
of Alfie Barker who made the remarks on Twitter after the Cherries lost
a three-goal lead against Arsenal. Renee Arter was stillborn
in December 2015. Stay with us for some wonderful
archive film of how steam trains changed the character
of the Isle of Wight. Keggie Carew had never
written a book before. But she grew up with stories
of her father's courageous acts during the Second World War
and was determined to get them on paper before dementia took hold
of her father's life. So, she wrote Dadland -
A Journey Into Uncharted Territory. And it's won her the Best Biography
in the Costa Awards. I went to chat to her at her
home near Salisbury. As dad slowly leaves us, I try to
haul him back from the bottom of cardboard boxes and forgotten
trunks, from letters buried in desks, from books I have not known
about, from photos I am unfamiliar with, from diaries never meant for
my eyes. It isn't just that I want to stick together again, this is an
exorcism and a ghost hunt. Rebuilt him, rebuild me. Why did you embark
on the story? I knew my dad had done some extraordinary things in the
war, since we were young we have these Indian newspapers from 1945
that col Tim Lawrence of Burma and I got into his attic and found two
huge trunks full of stuff and I sadly realised I had an incredible
story and everything things kept falling into my lap. Did you learn
more about your father, would you like, I did not know he was like
this. There was a lot of wow, I knew he was extraordinary because he was
unorthodox, rule breaking, charismatic, living with him was
like being in a game of poker, you never knew where you were. He was
born in 1919 in the middle of the Irish War of Independence out of
wedlock, so it started off like that and went on. Tell me about the note
that kicked it off for you. He came to say and I was going through his
pockets and he had just started to lose his memory and I found a note
that said my name is Tom Carew but I have forgotten years. It was moving
but he was funny, once he had got over the immediate panic, he would
try to outwit his dementia. My neighbour came round and I overheard
him say to her, I don't remember you but I do remember your teeth. They
are very distinctive. So he was a joy. And a nightmare! How much of
this has been a personal journey? It has been a huge personal journey, I
am very much in this book and it has been hard because I have two
revisits a lot of tough family stuff because everything went pear shaped,
with a man like that it will go her shape. Post-war Britain, there
wasn't much call for aid agent in Hampshire in 1960 but it didn't stop
his self belief -- a gorilla agent. This is where you wrote the book.
This is my ramshackle shed, or my dad's letters and photos and secret
papers. What is next? I have something in my drawer, loads of
things in my drawer, more horrible true stories. Which you will not
share? Not right now click! And you can hear Keggie talking tonight on
front row at 7:15pm. Do you remember your first
visit to the cinema? It may well have been
to an ABC Complex. They were one of the biggest names
during the post-war heyday of British cinema-going and tonight,
one of the last remaining It's in Bournemouth and we can join
Ed Sault who is there ahead What an entrance, there certainly
has. Welcome to Bournemouth. Who needs Hollywood on a night like
this, this is where the action is as the ABC cinema closes its doors
after 80 years. Members of the public got to choose the last film,
and this is a giveaway, the DeLorean from Back To The Future and the
cinema, while looking back on its past, is also looking forward to its
future. It is a Bournemouth icon, a 30s
landmark but one that is closing down. The ABC cinema first opened in
1937 and everything from Fred Astaire's dance to Star Wars Rogue
one has been projected onto its giant screens. This is the
projection room for them they just screamed, screen one. We have the
two ages of projection, the old-style 35mm projection and the
new digital projector. And that is what is used now. One of the
interesting bits of history by the fire instructions. Instead of using
the word far, a charrette which used the word sand, like code, and rather
than a conventional fire alarm, Rule Britannia was played instead. I
started when ABC was part of the Cannon group and we reverted back to
ABC, so if you cut me in half I would have ABC and Odeon written
through me, so to close it is like a story full circle in my career. ABC
cinemas were well known across the south, as seen here in Portsmouth,
but Fred Hughes -- for those who work here it is bittersweet. With 80
years of history, knowing we are the 12 will close it down is sad on our
part but we are glad knowing we are looking to the future and looking
around we think it is so different, especially when we moved to the new
building. Tonight's screening of Back To The Future is the end of an
era as the curtain comes down on eight decades of history. A
brand-new theatre opens across the road in February. While there is a
lot of change on the card, some things aren't changing. I love this
bit. I will make sure you get some, Sally!
I know there will not be anything left after you finished that not,
and Chris Temple either wanted a drum roll or curtains.
That would be nice, one of those curtains for the sports presenter.
What happened last night? Are Bournemouth fans upset? I'm sure
they will be, 3-0 up against Arsenal and then you throw it away,
Bournemouth fans may have felt they should have been gutted but a large
number reflected on a night of positives at the vitality stadium,
which is proving the place to go for Premier League drama.
Goals, disallowed goals, penalty shouts, a red card
and a last-ditch equaliser, this had the lot.
Half of Charlie Daniels' family are Arsenal fans,
A temporary family split when the left back put Bournemouth
It's hard to keep the Cherries' pocket rocket Ryan Fraser
This push on the Scotsman gave Callum Wilson a chance
2-0, Bournemouth all over the 13-times champions.
Then came another point for debate, Harry Arter's shot coming
The referee ruled it out for handball.
That seemed irrelevant when Fraser belied his stature to thread
3-0 but not yet won, particularly when Alexis Sanchez
Difficult to argue with the quality of the Gunners' second,
The Cherries' quest to hang on wasn't helped by a red card
for skipper Simon Francis for a lunge on Aaron Ramsey.
The Cherries have today appealed that decision.
And with ten men, the resistance buckled as Olivier Giroud glanced
It's a strange one for us, 3-0 up, to be hoping the game is over
but you can't underestimate the quality of Arsenal.
As soon as they got that first goal, the game changed.
3-1, we didn't see the game out in an effective manner.
We're here to win and that's why tonight hurts so much.
And Bournemouth stay ninth in the Premier League.
Hampshire bowler Reece Topley has suffered another injury setback,
in his attempts to return to full fitness.
After spending the whole of last season on the sidelines
with a recurring back problem, Topley has today undergone
That will prevent him joining up as planned with the England
I think it was a case of not responding well to the physio he's
having and the decision was made to have an operation
but the encouraging thing that's positive is that it's a short time
out and he should be raring to go at the start of the season,
so that's a real positive for Reece and also for us at Hampshire.
It's back to business this week for the Berkshire-based GB rowing
squad, who have launched into their Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.
The GB squad were back at Caversham today, before heading off
for their first training camp of the four-year build-up.
It's a mixture of seasoned Olympians, and new faces too.
The big target of 2017 is the World Championships
They had a longer time after the Olympics to recover,
four years on, very demanding on the body and to get the wheels
spinning again is not as easy and if you look now,
two and a half years' time, we have to qualify for Tokyo,
That lake looks cold. It's amazing when they say it's not
a lot of time, you think it is ages but not when you work Groening, it
goes quick. -- when you are training.
It's 50 years since the last British Rail steam train ran
The railways used to crisscross the island, but, today
there's just one short line from Ryde Pier to Shanklin.
Now, with archive film you've never seen before,
our transport correspondent Paul Clifton looks at how the end
of the steam era changed the island's character.
The Isle of Wight once had 55 miles of railways.
This is 1928, when trains linked most towns and villages.
From the 1950s onwards, the lines gradually closed.
At the end of 1966, Ventnor died because the line from Ryde
to Ventnor served the principal holiday resorts on the island,
Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor - and it took Ventnor about 30 years
to reinvent itself to become a destination once again.
Here is the last ever train from Newport, shortly before the tracks
were taken up. If you look carefully,
evidence of the old railways A platform that hasn't
seen trains in decades. Once called Whitwell Station,
here it is in 1897. And this is a junction of two lines,
the station building is long gone but the platforms are still
standing. The island always had old, worn out trains, second-hand
cast-offs from the mainland, but in the summer holidays they were
packed. The carriages made of wood are still here, restored on that
carriage railway. -- the heritage railway.
After 104 years, the last steam train ran on New Year's Eve, 1966.
The trains were probably much more busy than an average
were very much coming for their last trip of an era.
The final seven miles of railway from right to Shankland were
electrified, ready for a more cast-offs. This time former London
underground trails, old even in the 1960s, yet still soldiering on half
a century later. Certainly the eyes and railways never made any real
profit and they just closed a year because of their non-viable T. There
is a future in the sense that I didn't line carriage provides a good
service to and from the ferries. In reality, the island has
two heritage railways. Unlikely survivors
from the island's past. And there are no firm
plans to update it. And for those of you who'd like a
bit of steam, you can go to our Facebook page and see that archive
footage over again. Onto the weather. It was not quite so chilly
this morning but weather. It was not quite so chilly
this morning but it will get cold again. Temperatures were above
freezing this morning but remembered Tuesday, minus six Celsius and it
will be cold overnight to like, maybe even minus eight Celsius.
Tonight we expect frosty conditions but let's look at your pictures
because many have been out despite the cloud cover this morning, a dog
walker at Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire, also a cloudy scene with
some brighter spells at Netflix and a few brighter spells at Hungerford,
captured by Ken Rayner. The night temperatures will drop like a stone,
potentially -8 across southern England, elsewhere temperatures
could drop to -24 minus three. There is a chance where we have crossed on
the ground that could create slippery conditions and maybe some
freezing fog first thing tomorrow morning, so it will be a bitterly
cold start, tomorrow temperatures will struggle to rise. Lots of
sunshine, barely a cloud in the sky and temperatures could reach five
Celsius along the south coast that just a high of two Celsius in parts
of Oxfordshire. A lovely end to the day but we will see increasing cloud
for western parts, the further east you are, you may see freezing fog
with temperatures dropping to -3 so Friday will start on a chilly night,
cloud will increase with a weather front from the North West thinking
South and East, it could produce some heavy rain from lunchtime
onwards on Friday afternoon and some milder temperatures, the air behind
the front will be milder, temperatures up to nine or 10
Celsius but that rain will clear south and east into Saturday
morning, so a bitterly cold start to tomorrow, temperatures could start
off at -8 Celsius, the usual cold spots like Bournemouth Airport,
Friday quite a cloudy start, some bright spells, temperatures milder
than tomorrow and staying mild over the weekend, highs of 10 Celsius.
High pressure will develop over the weekend so we will have fairly
settled conditions, a chance of drizzle but a good deal of cloud and
one were too bright and sunny spells. So it will be chilly
tomorrow morning. We will have more at 10:30pm tonight and then we're
back tomorrow morning. Have a great evening. Good night.
as he explores Naples, Venice and Florence.
It's like we're walking through a giant's armpit.
We can follow the escape route of Michelangelo.
Mildred is our first student from a non-witching family.